North Tyneside Sensory Service at Beacon Hill School

Rising Sun Cottages
Tyne and Wear
NE28 9JW
Tel: (0191) 6433030
Fax: (0191) 6433032
Email: suzanne.monaghan@northtyneside.gov.uk
Manager: Nick Cubley

Aims of the Service

The Sensory Service at Service at Beacon Hill provides appropriate and effective support to children and young people with a visual and/or hearing loss throughout North Tyneside. This support and advice will be available from the point of diagnosis through school until the young person leaves education or reaches the age of 25. Support and advice will be dependent upon each individual need.

A sensory (sight or hearing) loss is a low incidence loss and the number of children and young people we support can fluctuate year on year.

With improved medical care and the development of early screening and diagnosis, specialists within the team work with young babies and their families/carers. The aim of our support, being to maximise the young child’s development and to prepare them to lead a full and inclusive life at school.

There is a continuum of support which can be:

• Advice and work with the family.
• Advice and recommendations into nurseries, early years settings, primary, secondary schools and 6th Form/full time college settings.
• Some children and young people will require specialist teaching by qualified teachers of the d/Deaf / Visual Impairment / Multi Sensory Impairment
• Teaching, support and advice are flexible meeting the needs of individual children and families

Support Allocation

The service uses a nationally recognised (NATSIP) Eligibility Framework to allocate support to children and families.

When working with very young children and families both teams are sensitive to the needs of individual families. Advice given covers all options available to them and is presented without bias.

The Eligibility Framework covers a wide range of need, that ensures support and resources are fairly accessed. In addition to this we also use teachers’ professional judgement and a full assessment is carried out by specialist teachers.

Supporting Schools

We provide training for:

  • Whole schools
  • Groups of key staff
  • School based Teaching Assistants
  • School departments
  • Individual class/subject teachers

Training is prepared and delivered by specialist teachers. It is focused on the specific individual needs of the children or young people in that setting. Training aims to increase the understanding of other professionals in their appreciation of the potential challenges facing a child/young person who is d/Deaf/has a hearing loss or has a visual loss. We provide strategies and information that help to facilitate access to the curriculum for the child/young person.

Specialist staff can provide:

• Direct specialist teaching
• Specialist advice, training and consultancy for educational settings
• Annual reports for educational settings, health professionals and families

Working with other professionals

We work closely with:

• Hospitals –  Freeman/RVI/NERCIP James Cook
• Speech and Language Therapists
• Physiotherapists
• Occupational Therapists
• Portage Service
• Social Services
• Voluntary Sector
• Health Visitors